6 Ways Being a Mom Makes You a Great Leader

Leadership is having a vision, sharing that vision and inspiring others to support your vision while creating their own. – Mindy Gibbins-Klein Being a mom is a tough job, being a mom and a stepmom is the hardest job I’ve ever had.  Through cleaning up puke, teaching responsibility, pushing away bad dreams and helping with meanContinue reading “6 Ways Being a Mom Makes You a Great Leader”

Sticking Power in Parenting

There is something about a slogan that can stick with us for a lifetime like “what would you do for a Klondike bar” or “once you pop, you can’t stop – Pringles.”  But commercial slogans aren’t the only ones that have stuck with me. I also hear my dad saying “if you quit today you’ll quitContinue reading “Sticking Power in Parenting”

8 Ways to Teach our Kids Growth Mindset

Sometimes I get the joy of being an assistant coach at my daughter’s basketball practice.  She wasn’t having much success getting her free throws to fall, so, I encouraged her to shoot them without jumping to see what happens. Well, you know how well our kids take direction from us…  She weakly and stubbornly ‘tried'( aka – didn’tContinue reading “8 Ways to Teach our Kids Growth Mindset”

6 {Step}Mom Rules I Live By

I have no idea how to blend a family. So I began a hunt for the secret to the perfect blending recipe.  I found some good ideas but never found that one trick that always works. Well, as you can imagine, there is no secret to blending a family.  The only thing we have to doContinue reading “6 {Step}Mom Rules I Live By”

Tournament Food Prep

My daughter is quite a basketball stud and she’s only a 3rd grader, her skills and hard work blow my mind and I love watching her play! I’m a sports nut myself, but the joy and pride I feel for her as I see her hard work pay off is a joy I just can’tContinue reading “Tournament Food Prep”

Playground Wisdom

The stories I hear from my girls about the stuff that happens on the playground angers me sometimes.  I hate that they are faced with nasty speaking kids, ridiculous drama, friend battles, the pull of people trying to convince them they aren’t enough and a list of challenges they aren’t sure how to overcome.  Seriously,Continue reading “Playground Wisdom”

The Love Resolution

Happy New Year! It’s a time of resolutions and the hope to make this year better than last year. Working in the fitness industry, I’d always see a rush of people joining the gym, to never be seen again after January 16th.  With only a couple of weeks worth of commitment, it would break my heart,Continue reading “The Love Resolution”

Peace In The Chaos

“Peace be with you” is something I say at church on Sunday mornings when the pastor asks us to greet one another.  I must admit, saying these words always seems so odd to me, probably because I laugh in doubt at the thought of peace or that I’m not really sure what true peace looksContinue reading “Peace In The Chaos”

Oh Joy

Squeals of joy filled our house Christmas morning as the girls opened their gifts. It’s such a wonderful sound, those joyful squeals and giggles. It made me think about how much I want for them, that they would be filled with that kind of  joy always. Parenting is a rough business, we set rules andContinue reading “Oh Joy”